Steatoda grossa, also known as the false black widow spider, poses little threat to humans. True black widows only bite when they are disturbed.
Our fear of spiders is driven by a lack of information, but these fascinating creatures are often more harmless than harmful.
There’s a very good reason for those leg hairs.
Believe it or not, I have studied the hairy legs of spiders for years and can give you some definitive answers on this.
He comes in peace.
This Speed Read makes the case why you should be nice to spiders you encounter in your home and consider a live-and-let-live policy.
The last thing the spider saw before everything went black.
If a huge huntsman spider is sucked into a vacuum cleaner, can it crawl out later? Lucy, age eight, really, really needs to know.
If this spider is making you feel extremely anxious, sweaty or uncomfortable, exposure therapy might help.
Many people with phobias are understandably reluctant to face their fears. But gradual exposure using virtual reality headsets can help with everything from a fear of spiders, heights or flying.
Cute monster: Phoneutria spider.
It seems Ebola and terrorism may have lost their scare factor. That is because journalists have once again turned to arachnophobia. “Brazilian Wandering spider found under a bunch of bananas in Waitrose…
Coming for me next?
I have personal interest in arachnophobia – the fear of spiders – because I am a spider expert, but also because my daughter has it. She is not alone. According to the American Psychiatric Association…